Wild Sky #BlogTour – Lexi Rees talks about travel

After delivering the pearl, Finn and Aria thought life would return to normal.

But with the survival of the clans still in peril, they must continue their quest.

Can they find the next relic before the forces of evil?

Not everyone is who they appear to be

And time is running out…

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On travel

Thanks so much for having me onto your blog to talk about travel and the locations in
Eternal Seas and Wild Sky!

I’ve lived, worked and backpacked all over the world and am fascinated by the different
geographies and cultures. Last night I went to a lecture by TV presenter/ archaeologist
Neil Oliver about his book, The Story of The British Isles in 100 Places. I admit at three
hours it was quite a lot longer than I anticipated (and he rushed through the last fifteen
places so I reckon someone was backstage telling him to hurry up) but I was thrilled to pick up several signed copies as Christmas prezzies.

Anyway, I’ve always read a lot of travel books – Bill Bryson’s Neither here nor there and
Tony Hawkes Round Ireland with a fridge make me laugh out loud, while Joe Simpson’s
Touching the Void and Mick Dawson’s Rowing the Pacific scare me rigid.

Apparently there are only seven basic plots in every story ever written:
– overcoming the monster;
– rags to riches;
– the quest (a mission moving from A to B);
– voyage and return (transformation and personal discovery);
– comedy;
– tragedy; and
– rebirth

With my love of travel, when I started planning The Relic Hunters, I knew I wanted a
classic quest theme so I could bring in a huge variety of exciting locations for my young
readers to visit.

In Eternal Seas, Finn and Aria face terrifying storms at sea as they are hunted from the tropics to the far north of Scotland, whilst the sequel, Wild Sky, sees them on a race to a monastery in the Himalayan mountains and gave me the perfect opportunity to bring in my other passion – horses. So many people commented that I forgot to put ponies into Book One, that I was determined to have a trek in the sequel!

Although The Relic Hunters is fictional, the locations in it are all real places, altered to fit the dystopian/ fantasy world, so for example London becomes New London, a closed city sealed behind guarded walls.

Wild Sky picks up the story in Gylen Castle. This is a real castle on the Isle of Kerrera,
near Oban although, as you can see from the photo, it’s stunning, not remotely barren
and harsh like I portray it (apologies to the inhabitants of Kerrera – I promise, the story of
Gylen Castle has not finished yet). I thought you might like to see my illustration and
compare it …

I do a lot of research into the locations I use. Sometimes it can be desk-based, for
example checking the exact number of steps down into the disused Strand Station.
Others require a site visit. In Wild Sky, Finn, Aria and Pippin have to break into an old
military island, Spitbank Fort, so we actually sailed round it several times ourselves just
to check out how you could potentially access it. It’s important to me that although the
locations are fictionalised, they are still realistic.

I can’t say where the final book in the series will take them as that would totally spoil the
adventure, but I promise it will be another very different backdrop.
Thanks for having me onto your blog, and safe travels!

Lexi Rees writes action packed adventures for children. The first book in The Relic Hunters Series, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids and is currently longlisted for a Chanticleer award.

She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children, and as well as an active programme of school visits and other events, she has published a Creative Writing Skills workbook, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities.

In her spare time, she’s a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats.

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The Relic Hunters Giveaway

Win a copy of each of Eternal Seas and Wild Sky, the action packed fantasy adventure for 7-11 year olds.

UK – choice of signed paperbacks or ebooks

International entrants – ebooks only

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